Dr. James DiNicolantonio reveals the incredible, often baffling story of how salt became unfairly demonized in a never-before-told, century-spanning drama of competing egos and interests. Not only have we gotten it wrong, we’ve gotten it backwards: eating more salt can help protect you from a host of ailments, including internal starvation, insulin resistance, diabetes, and even heart disease.
The real culprit? Another white crystal—sugar.
How have we got it so wrong? Salt is an essential nutrient that our body depends on to live.
The Salt Fix: Why the experts got it all wrong and how eating more salt might just save your life.
The “Salt–Blood Pressure Hypothesis” states that an increase in the intake of salt leads to an increased in blood pressure and subsequently increases the risk for cardiovascular events, which has been a point of contention for decades. This article covers the history and some of the key players pertaining to “The Salt Wars” during the first half of the 1900s, both in Europe and in the United States. Early studies finding benefits with salt restriction in those with hypertension were based on uncontrolled case reports. The overall evidence in the first half of the 1900s suggests that a low-salt diet was not a reasonable strategy for treating hypertension.